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Rubinstein Collection Vol 10 - Beethoven, Brahms


Release Date: 03/06/2001 
Label:  Rca Victor Red Seal Catalog #: 63010   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Ludwig van BeethovenJohannes Brahms
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 1 Hours 8 Mins. 

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Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Piano no 8 in C minor, Op. 13 "Pathétique" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1797-1798; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1946 
2.
Rhapsodies (2) for Piano, Op. 79: no 1 in B minor by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1879; Austria 
Date of Recording: 1941 
3.
Rhapsodies (2) for Piano, Op. 79: no 2 in G minor by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1879; Austria 
Date of Recording: 1947 
4.
Pieces (4) for Piano, Op. 119: no 4, Rhapsody in E flat major by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Austria 
Date of Recording: 1941 
5.
Pieces (8) for Piano, Op. 76: no 7, Intermezzo in A minor by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; Austria 
Date of Recording: 1941 
6.
Intermezzi (3) for Piano, Op. 117: no 1 in E flat major by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Austria 
Date of Recording: 1941 
7.
Intermezzi (3) for Piano, Op. 117: no 2 in B flat minor by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Austria 
Date of Recording: 1941 
8.
Pieces (6) for Piano, Op. 118: no 2, Intermezzo in A major by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Austria 
Date of Recording: 1941 
9.
Pieces (6) for Piano, Op. 118: no 6, Intermezzo in E flat minor by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Austria 
Date of Recording: 1941 
10.
Pieces (4) for Piano, Op. 119: no 3, Intermezzo in C major by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Austria 
Date of Recording: 1941 
11.
Pieces (6) for Piano, Op. 118: no 3, Ballade in G minor by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Austria 
Date of Recording: 1941 
12.
Hungarian Dances (21) for Piano 4 hands, WoO 1: no 4 in F minor by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Austria 
Date of Recording: 1947 
13.
Songs (5), Op. 49: no 4, Wiegenlied by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Austria 
Date of Recording: 1947 
Notes: Transcribed: Artur Rubinstein 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 A Song of Love December 22, 2011 By T. Drake (South Euclid, OH) See All My Reviews "All of the recordings featured on this CD originated as 78-RPM discs. This was the first of three recordings Arthur Rubinstein made of Beethoven's Pathetique Sonata. Although this performance contains many pianistic and tonal felicities, there are several issues which prevent it from being of the first rank. First, on a purely technical level, there is a distracting change of pitch at 3'11" during Track 1 (presumably this is where Side 1 of the original 78-RPM set ended and Side 2 began). Second, the piano is problematic as several unisons in the treble are not cleanly tuned. As for the performance, Rubinstein's approach here is somewhat episodic, lacking in the architectonic qualities which would come later. This version is certainly not bad, just not on the same level as Rubinstein's later remakes (Volumes 33 & 56 of the Rubinstein Collection) which also benefit from more realistic recorded sound. Brahms was alive until Rubinstein was ten years old, and those used to the traditional Germanic stodgy approach to Brahms are in for an awakening here. Rubinstein's Brahms is pianistically large-scaled, passionate and unabashedly romantic. Yet, he does not sacrifice musical common sense: phrasing, tempo, pedaling are all in order. Most of the items here were recorded in 1941, just before America's entry into World War II, which restricted further recordings. (Rubinstein was, in fact, performing Brahms' Piano Concerto No. 2 at Carnegie Hall when the Japanese were bombing Pearl Harbor.) The Brahms Hungarian Dance No. 4, Rhapsody in G minor, and Rubinstein's own arrangement of the Wiegenlied were movie tie-in recordings to coincide with the release of the film Song of Love in 1947. Quite a popular film its day (it starred Katherine Hepburn!), this biography of Robert and Clara Schumann also featured the music of Brahms. Rubinstein had the unique challenge of playing various works in the repertoire as he imagined Clara Schumann, Brahms, and Liszt would have played them. The performances here, with Rubinstein playing as himself, are along the same lines as the 1941 recordings, although the sound has slightly more body and dynamic range." Report Abuse
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